In honor of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association along with African American strategic partners will host a virtual forum “Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conversations: Listening to the Voices of the Black Community” at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Partners participating in the program include National Council of Negro Women, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Chi Eta Phi Sorority and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The one-hour forum will feature robust dialogue on the historical and cultural perspectives facing Black Americans as it relates to Alzheimer’s and dementia care and the path toward a more equitable future.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, older Black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than White Americans. Black Americans are less likely to receive a diagnosis. Further, when they are diagnosed, it is typically in the later stages of the disease, when their medical needs are greater.
“Ongoing conversations and discussions about health equity and health disparities allow diversity and inclusion to strengthen our innovative capacity,” said Carl V. Hill, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “When we actively seek diverse perspectives, we unleash the full potential of our society, and that’s what we at the Alzheimer’s Association hope to accomplish with programs like this one.”
“Reducing health disparities and inequities in Alzheimer’s and dementia means that we begin to view healthcare as a right, not a privilege,” said Karyne Jones, president and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging. “When you have a healthy society, you have a productive society that thrives. Through these types of forums, we can work together to bridge the gaps that exist in this space.”
At the Alzheimer’s Association, diversity and inclusion are vital to our mission. The Association leads strategic initiatives to support diversity and a culture of inclusivity. These strategic initiatives also strengthen outreach to all populations, providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. By partnering with organizations locally and nationally to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, the Association can broaden its reach in all communities.
“Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conversations: Listening to the Voices of the Black Community” is free to attend. To register, click here or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
About the Hudson Valley Chapter
The Hudson Valley Chapter serves families living with dementia in seven counties in New York, including Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. To learn more about the programs and services offered locally, visit alz.org/hudsonvalley.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.